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Can anyone tell me how much weight you can put in the top case? Is there any type of rack that you can attach to the top of the case to secure a tent or other items? Going to the international BMW rally, two up (with my 10yr old riding buddy) and need to figure out pack camping equipment.

 

Thanks

 

Tom

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W. Mazelin

On my wife's RS the saddlebag load limit is 10kg, I would assume the trunk would be about the same. Her RS is equipped with a trunk.

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There is a sticker underneath the seat that indicates the load capacity for the trunk is 11 lbs. BMW does not make a rack for the RT top case like it does for the LT.

 

You might want to ditch the top case (It weights 11 lbs empty itself) and go with a larger U shaped soft bag that can strap down to the rear rack and the top of the side cases. If you pack right you can get a tent & 2 sleeping bags in one of those.

 

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There is a sticker underneath the seat that indicates the load capacity for the trunk is 11 lbs. BMW does not make a rack for the RT top case like it does for the LT.

 

 

You might want to ditch the top case (It weights 11 lbs empty itself) and go with a larger U shaped soft bag that can strap down to the rear rack and the top of the side cases. If you pack right you can get a tent & 2 sleeping bags in one of those.

 

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U bag?

2 sleeping bags? lmao.gif

I've got one. Mag's Bags small.

Built a platform (cut wood just wider than the bag is) to mount to luggage rack to put it on.

The platform supports a majority of the weight and makes it easier to strap down.

You can carry a bunch of stuff.

I became comfortable with it loaded on the bike after a short time.

Beth likes the backrest aspect.

I try to keep heavier items forward or right over luggage rack area.

I have the small 9" high version. Partly to make it easier for Beth to get off and on the bike.

The larger versions would accomodate much more stuff and make packing a bit easier when putting items into the "legs".

If you stay at a hotel, be prepared to carry it inside, unless there is secure parking. Even then I cable lock it to the bike.

I'm sure I'll forget sumtin' but...

2 sleeping bags

2 inflatable air matrress'

pump to inflate them

stove

cooking grill to provide better, more stable cooking surface

untensils

4 camp towels (micro fleecyfiber)

5 camp pillows (20x18 stuffable)

2 sets silk cocoon sheets

2 fleece blankets

food

drink

tools, firestarter

emergency blankets

clothing for 2

toiletries

camp soap for washing utensils

bug spray

2 sling chairs

tent

tent fly

ground cloth

stakes

gear loft

clothes line

multi tool (folding shovel, axe, entrencher device)

2 flashlights (battery, wind up)

lantern (small LED)

corkscrew

collapsible 2 gallon water jug

this is most of what fit in the bag, not all

I use compression straps on the sleeping bags and tent.

They fit in the legs, but it's a bit snug.

I bought this used on the board and I'm satisfied.

If I bought new, I'd rpobably go to the next larger (10") size.

The BIG ones from the various sources (Mags, Rev, Jo's custom creations) are BIG.

There are 2 types of U bags.

One goes vertically, one horizontally.

If you don't have a passenger, either work.

If you have a passenger, the horizontal is a better choice.

 

Converting to a GIVI topcase will allow you to carry more volume and weight than the BMW one. However, to do so, you need to add the entire GIVI mounting system, not just the adapter plate.

Best wishes.

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RonStewart

I have found that my low-speed handling suffers when I put a lot of weight in the topcase. It gets worse if I raise the seat height for touring. The bike wants to turn, but it takes extra effort to get it upright again. As long as you expect it, it will be okay.

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